There are some teams that like to raise four fingers entering the fourth quarter signifying their determination to finish strong. For Goose Creek Memorial, the number four will have a different meaning Friday night. 

When the Patriots travel to Clear Falls, they will be focused on playing four full quarters. In a loss to South Houston, GCM started slow and struggled to get untracked until the second half. Head coach Bren Jones would like to see a strong effort throughout the contest as the Patriots attempt to finish their non-district schedule with a 2-1 mark. 

“We made some costly mistakes,” he said. “We had some third downs where we could have gotten off the field and penalties hurt us. We need to play smarter and keep our heads in the game.”

Jones said South Houston made some big plays and had good team speed. 

“We tried to hang with them as much as we could and would shoot ourselves in the foot,” he said. “The kids did not give up. They came out in the second half and scored two touchdowns.”

Coming off the loss, Jones said the team has had a decent week of practice despite weather conditions and the Patriots understand what they have to do to improve. They will be on the road for the third time in as many weeks to face a team that lost to South Houston by 10 points and beat Texas City.

“They were a playoff team last year and have good speed,” Jones said. “They looked good last week and have a good running back and wide receiver. Their quarterback will not make mistakes.’

Despite lining up in the spread, the offense leans on the running game. To keep the defense off-balance, there will be some screens mixed into the game plan.

Defensively, Clear Falls lines up in a 4-2-5 and does a solid job. Jones said the team would need to be play good, disciplined football.

“Offensively, we have to do a better job up front when we are running the ball,” he said. “The pass protection is pretty good. Defensively, we need to fill the gaps and the secondary needs to stay alert.”

The game will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium, located at 2305 E Main St. in League City. 

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